The George Zimmerman trial has been surrounded by controversy almost from the outset. What began as a routine homicide in Sanford, Florida soon caused a public outcry and has prompted a national discussion about today’s race relations and our criminal justice system.
Late last month, the trial came to a close with a verdict of not guilty. Zimmerman was found not guilty of both second-degree murder and manslaughter, the latter of which is a less serious charge. The verdict has brought the case renewed attention and has provoked calls for an overhaul of controversial “Stand Your Ground” laws.